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I agree with both of your posts, but I am thinking (hope, also) that after the first leg of my b2b which is a TA, most passengers will disembark. With the disembarkation, passengers will pack luggage and place outside their cabin as is the normal procedure on the last night. Hopefully this frees up the laundry room the last evening.
Lane, I agree that most will. But it isn't unheard of for a goodly number of people to stay on, even after a TA. Unless you have access to official records (maybe your TA could find out definitely) you are guessing.
Not exactly comparable, but we just did a B2B on Viking in France. We started out in the south, Avignon to Chalon-sur-Saone and then transferred (by bus) to Paris for a cruise on the Seine to Normandy. When we did the transfer we had a full busload going to Paris. (We were with a group of 24 people, but clearly a large number of people were doing both legs as we did.)
When we boarded the second riverboat we met several people who had just boarded and were going to do the southern portion after the Normandy cruise. The people who transferred from Paris down to Chalon-sur-Saone after our Normandy cruise were only about 20-25. It can be hard to predict.
On top of all of this, it's a very small laundry room. Even if only a very few people are continuing on the ship, you might have a problem.
We have had good luck on the "R" ships by doing our laundry during cocktail and early dinner hours. We tend to have dinner later anyway. Give yourself some flexibility is MY advice!
Actually, the worst that could happen (I guess) is that you encounter problems doing your laundry on the night most people are packing to leave the ship ... you could still take my advice and do your laundry at the beginning of your second leg.
I remember on our first Renaissance cruise that a woman boarded the ship with us (she hadn't done a B2B!) and the first thing she did was go to the laundry room! She'd just left home! (Of course, she may not have had time to do her laundry BEFORE the cruise ...)
As I posted recently on another thread, around four pm people go to Trivia, Tea Happy Hour, and dinner. Laundry rooms are usually free, at least when I went. We also tend to eat late, so it worked well for us.